Cory Pederson has been the sole conductor of the Columbia River Symphony for the past eleven years. Before that Angela Pederson Calvin (Cory's wife), and Cory were both conductors of the symphony, for which they both founded, over ten years ago. Cory is the music teacher in the Jewell School District, out in the coast range of Seaside, Oregon, off of Highway 103. He teaches concert band 5-12th grade, with an Oregon State awarded high school ensemble, and he teaches general music Kindergarten through 4th grade. This is his thirteenth year teaching with this district. Cory is also the conductor of the Little Ballet Theater Orchestra, which performs for the Nutcracker ballet each year in Astoria, Oregon. This will be his seventh year in this position. He is also continuing his appointed position as the conductor (his seventh year) with the North Oregon Coast Symphony and their newly titled North Coast Chamber Orchestra based out of Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Prior experiences has had Cory working with ensembles in five different school settings and performances with multiple school and community groups over the last fifteen + years. Previous symphony work had him performing with the Vancouver Symphony and the IWASH (Idaho Washington) Symphony. Previous ensemble work with his main instrument, the trumpet, has included performances with the North Coast Big Band, North Oregon Coast Symphonic Band, Astoria Chamber Players, and the North Oregon Coast Symphony.